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Rail trails are shared-use paths recycled from abandoned railway corridors. Usually managed by local councils for the enjoyment of the general public, rail trails can be used for a range of purposes including walking, cycling and horse riding. There are over 100 rail trails in Australia. Celebrated and popular trails include the Murray to Mountains in Victoria and the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail – but there are many more. Resources, maps, links and tips can be found at the Rail Trails Australia website.

Unfortunately, legislation has limited the delivery of trails in NSW.  We are missing out on tourism, mobility and recreation opportunities while other states have reaped the rewards. 

There is great news! Following a campaign by Bicycle NSW and fellow active transport advocates, the NSW Legislative Assembly debated, amended and passed the Transport Administration Amendment (Rail Trails) Bill 2022.  The Bill was then approved by the Legislative Council on 12th August 2022. This amendment removes the need for each rail trail proposal to have a separate act of parliament and enables the Minister for Regional Transport to allow derelict tracks to be converted into a rail trail for ‘recreation, tourism or related purposes’.  

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail opened in March 2023 and traverses 24km of stunning countryside.  The 21km Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trial opened in 2020 and has attracted over 50,000 riders to a sleepy corner of the Snowy Mountains. We look forward to many more projects getting underway soon!

 

Goulburn Crookwell Rail Trail
In an extraordinary meeting Upper Lachlan Council has withdrawn its support for the Goulburn to Crookwell rail trail. ‘We’re confused Read more
Rail Trails Happy Valley
NSW has thousands of potential kms of fabulous, scenic rail trails. The Northern Rivers Rail Trail is near completion. Tumbarumba Read more
Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail
There are over 100 rail trails in Australia but due to a legislative blockage, NSW trails are still in their Read more
Northern Rivers Rail Trail
There has been more good news for rail trails in NSW. Photo courtesy of Rosie Kew @northernriversrailtrailsupporters. Earlier this month Read more
Stage 1 of the New England Rail Trail is (almost) a go after recently receiving nearly $9 million in funding.  Read more
The 32km rail line between Batlow and Tumut sits unused but a local group has an idea to change that. Read more
The Tweed leg of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is one step closer to development after last week's council meeting.  Read more
Over 20,000 people have visited the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail since it opened in April 2020, and the whole Read more
The first anniversary of Tumbarumba to Rosewood is just around the corner, and we’re excited. Since opening, thousands of people Read more
Work will begin next Monday (January 11) for the Northern Rivers Rail Trail. It’s an exciting step in developing more Read more
With momentum under way for Stage 1, the Northern Rivers Rail Trail Committee (NRRTC) wants to see this continue for Read more
NSW is one step closer to having a new rail trail.  Last week, the essential legislation to allow it passed Read more